The date is almost here! I am so excited to announce the release of my new album, The Dreamer & The Dream. The full album is now available on iTunes and all music retailers on April 14th, and you can snag a copy here:
For the release show on April 27th at Amplyfi in Hollywood, I will be joined by my wonderful band, with Jesse Silgero on bass, John Uhrig on electric guitar and Trevor Anderies on drums (and me on guitar, piano, and vocals). I am also super excited to have friends and fantastic singer-songwriters Steph Meyers, Rachel Toups, and Coyote Run open the night.
Grab your tickets here:
If you can’t wait for the show check out this playlist I’ve been putting together of live videos and lyric videos from songs on the record:
I have a LONG list of people to thank who contributed to this album, which was a long time in the making and covered many geographies: Barra Brown, Ayal Alves, Patrick McCulley, Victor Nash (Portland, Oregon); Fung Chern Wei, Ken Thomson, Ben Brock, Carmen Rothwell, Zubin Hensler, Rocky Gallo, Max Johnson, Don DeNicola, Rick Bates, Diane Moser, David Roushe, Alex DeTurk (New York). And my family and every single friend and teacher and astrologer and random person at the airport who said they liked any part of this record and encouraged me to keep making it, even though “albums” are now so old-fashioned. This album is a chronicle of the last chunk of my life/lives, and it feels right to group these songs together and present them as a group. Here’s to making stuff!
I hope to see you at the show! xo
“We live in pieces for a while, and then, through our feminine powers of searching and sewing, we are recollected and find our way to wholeness.”
My second album, the 7 song EP “Searching & Sewing,” was written during 2012 and released in October of 2013. The title track is an ode to the depression I was dealing with during that time. Years before, I had healed from an earlier phase of depression partly by learning that the nature of depression is that it becomes embedded into our nervous system and our identity. Singing to depression as a separate entity helped remind me that it was separate from me, and it was not the sum total of me as a person. Depression was not a permanent life sentence.
There is always one song on each record that is the hardest to capture. “Searching & Sewing” took the longest to write, and it was trickiest to record in the studio. The song was about trust and persistence while wading through the unknown, and in the songwriting itself, I also wandered into a new form I hadn’t used before. Once Will, Vic and I nailed the drums and piano parts, and I knew it would come together, this became my favorite song on the record. It builds from a somber piano ballad to driving the demons out using the piano as a percussion instrument. As I learned as a teenager when I played the Rachmaninoff preludes in C# minor and G minor, crashing around on a piano is one of the best ways to let off steam and, in this case, to give depression a good ass-kicking.
Music has always been a path to healing for me. I am so honored to have you be a part of this journey and to share this music with you. To get a free download of the tune please click here to join the mailing list, click one of the disc images above, or head over to iTunes or Spotify.